BENEFITING: Island Conservation
EVENT DATE: Apr 11, 2014
Floreana Island in the Galápagos archipelago is home to an incredible diversity of native species found nowhere else in the world, including Galápagos Penguins, Galápagos Petrels, Marine Iguanas, land snails and Darwin’s finches. Unfortunately, the 54 IUCN threatened species that call this island home are threatened by the presence of feral cats and invasive rats and mice.
The endemic Floreana Giant Tortoise was considered extinct by 1850. However, the species was recently rediscovered through genetic analysis of wild tortoises historically translocated by whalers to Isabela Island. The presence of invasive species on Floreana prevents the possibility of tortoises breeding there.
Removal of invasive species will enable the re-introduction of extirpated species, including the Floreana Giant Tortoise and Floreana Mockingbird, as well as provide safe breeding habitat for the world's largest colony of Galápagos Petrels.
Your donation will contribute to the survival of these species.
With your help, we can bring the Floreana Giant Tortoise home!